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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Thursday, Friday 10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Internship Program

The Carle will not be accepting new unpaid interns for spring & summer of 2021. Paid internships for summer of 2021 will be virtual and all application materials must be received electronically. For summer 2021, we are accepting applications for one Trinkett Clark Internship and two Alix Zacharias Internships. See below for the application details and deadline. 

- updated November 25, 2020 

The Carle offers both paid and unpaid internships for undergraduate or graduate-level students, and recent college graduates interested in Museum Studies, the Arts, and Education. Internships are available across multiple departments, including the Art Studio, Curatorial, Development & Marketing, and Administration.

Work hours are flexible to accommodate class schedules but some evening or weekend work may be required for special events. Spring and Fall interns must complete a minimum of 120 total hours of service, with a required weekly commitment of at least 8 hours during the internship session. Unpaid Summer interns must complete a minimum of 175 total hours of service, with a required weekly commitment of 20-25 hours during the internship session. Unpaid J-Term interns require a weekly commitment of 20 hours including one, possibly two weekend days. Students who wish to receive academic credit for their internship must make their own arrangements with their college or university.

Interns are responsible for their own housing, meals, and travel expenses. For out-of-state finalists applying for our Summer internships, we recommend looking for “sublet” or “home/apartment share” listings in Amherst or Northampton at There is a free local PVTA bus line which stops next to the Museum and runs on a limited summer and winter break schedule. For more information and complete schedule please visit Financial assistance and alumni housing may be available through your academic institution or an alternative source. Please contact your academic institution for more information.


Applications must be submitted electronically by the deadline date.

Paid Internships: 
Summer - March 1 

Unpaid Internships:
Summer - April 1- not accepting new interns 2021
Fall semester - August 1
J-Term - November 10 - not accepting interns in January 2021
Spring semester - November 10 - not accepting new interns 2021

Application Process

To apply, please send the following materials:

  • Completed Internship Application (pdf)
  • Cover letter explaining your career goals, your interest in the program, what you hope to gain, and what you can contribute
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Letter of recommendation (academic or professional, signed on letterhead)

Paid internship applicants must also submit:

  • Official academic transcript
  • Second letter of recommendation (academic or professional, signed on letterhead)

Please submit all materials to:

If sending in application materials electronically, recommendations and transcripts may be mailed in separately but must be received by the deadline. Incomplete applications cannot be accepted. All complete application packets will be reviewed after the application deadline for each session. After an initial review of applications, select applicants will be invited for an interview either by phone/skype or at the Museum.

Trinkett Clark Internship

Paid Summer Internship

Deadline: March 1, 2021 

Founded to honor the life, work, and vibrant spirit of Trinkett Clark, this internship provides a unique opportunity for third- and fourth-year college and graduate-level students interested in pursuing careers in the arts and/or museums to gain practical experience at a nationally-renowned museum dedicated to the art of the picture book. This internship will be fully remote in summer 2021.  

The Trinkett Clark intern will spend eight weeks of the summer focused on Collections and Education Department-specific initiatives developed with the Chief Curator and the Director of Education. The collections project outcome of the internship is familiarity with the Museum’s database and a body of research and written descriptions of artworks. The education project outcome of the internship is a thematic book exhibition in the Reading Library.   In addition, the intern will attend weekly collection department meetings, monthly all-staff meetings, and gain an understanding of how different museum departments function within the organization through specially-planned intern sessions. 

The internship, which includes the month of July, runs eight weeks beginning with a mutually determined start date and requires a 25-hour-a-week commitment. Demonstrated strong research and writing skills, and experience with databases, are required. A love of picture books is important! This program pays $3,000. 

Alix Zacharias Internships

Paid Summer Internships

Deadline: March 1, 2021

As a former intern at the Museum, Alix Zacharias felt the hands-on experience and mentoring she received at The Carle helped her redefine her career goals. She created this internship program to provide a unique opportunity for third and fourth year college students, graduate students, and recent college graduates who are interested in Museum leadership, business administration, or non-profit development. The Museum offers two Alix Zacharias internships – one focused on Museum Administration & Leadership and one focused on Development & Marketing. Both of these internships will be fully remote in summer 2021.

The Museum Administration & Leadership Intern will work closely with the Executive Director and the Manager of Strategic Initiatives focusing on various museum management and grant proposal efforts as well as a specific research project developed in direct consultation with the Executive Director.

The Development Intern will work closely with the Director of Development and the Development & Marketing team focusing on various fundraising, membership, and marketing efforts, as well as a specific research project on fundraising trends in museums developed in consultation with the Director of Development.

Each internship will culminate with a final report and a presentation, via Zoom, to the Museum staff. In addition, the intern will participate in virtual managers and all-staff meetings, and gain an understanding of how the various museum departments function within the context of the organization as a whole through specially-planned intern sessions.

The internships, which include the month of July, run eight weeks beginning with a mutually determined start date and require a 25-hour-a-week commitment. Demonstrated strong research and writing skills and interest in museums are required. Experience with databases are a plus. This program pays $3,000.

Art Studio Internship 

Paid Interns accepted for Summer (two positions) - on hold as of November 25, 2020

Internship One - May 26 - July 31
Internship Two - July 6 - September 4
There may be some flexibility in start and end dates, weekend availability is required. 

The Art Studio is a welcoming, creative, drop-in space, where guests of all ages participate in open-ended art projects whenever the museum is open. Interns play an important role in furthering the aims and values of the Art Studio: to provide a highly accessible space, to celebrate materials through open-ended exploration, to promote collaboration, and to pursue sustainable art studio practices. Interns work closely with Art Educators to build their knowledge of the pedagogy and administration that underpins the day-to-day running of the Art Studio. Interns receive an orientation to the museum and customer service training. Internship positions consist of a combination of working in the Art Studio facilitating the drop-in art program for museum guests and an independent project developed in collaboration with, and supervised by, Art Educators. Independent projects can take the form of research, a public event, and/or the creation of a learning resource. Projects should connect to and further the aims and interests of the Intern, and the work of the Art Studio. Project topics in the following areas are encouraged:

  • Early childhood education
  • Lifelong and intergenerational learning
  • Art education
  • Museum education
  • The Reggio Emilia approach
  • Sustainable art studio practices
  • Literacy and art

Job Responsibilities:

  • Welcome and orient guests
  • Assist with the maintenance and preparation of Art Studio equipment and materials
  • Plan, develop and deliver independent project
  • Understand and implement Art Studio health and safety practice

Paid Art Studio Internships are 20 hours per week and are paid minimum wage.

Collections and Exhibitions Internship

Unpaid Interns accepted for Summer - on hold as of November 25, 2020

During the course of the summer, the Collections and Exhibitions Department inventories and reviews the Museum’s extensive permanent collection which includes over 5,000 pieces of art by Eric Carle on long-term loan to the museum, as well as over 6,000 works by various picture book illustrators. Interns, under the supervision of the Collection’s Manager & Registrar, will work with the collections team to assist in performing a thorough inventory of the collection, ensuring that it is accurately and efficiently organized; and reviewing, consolidating, and updating the database as needed. You will be trained in how to handle art and will learn standard museum practices in collections stewardship. The interns may also provide Registrarial support for exhibitions. This internship requires detail-oriented and organized individuals; excellent computer and record keeping skills; and a working knowledge of MS Office programs. Prior coursework or experience with collection management and databases is a plus.

Development and Marketing Internship

Unpaid Interns accepted for Fall, J-Term, Spring and Summer - on hold as of November 25, 2020

The Development and Marketing department supports the aims of the Museum by raising funds and spreading the Museum’s message of art appreciation and early literacy. Intern responsibilities include preparation of promotional materials and press mailings, tracking of membership and donor attendance and giving, and help with on-site and off-site meetings and promotional events. Ideal candidates will have experience in an office or business environment, be highly organized and articulate, able to multi-task in a fast-paced and deadline-oriented environment, and be proficient in MS Word, Excel, and Outlook.

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